Health Professions Advising

For Students Interested in the Health Professions

Over its long history, the College of the Holy Cross has maintained an excellent record in preparing students for entrance to medical, dental, veterinary, and other health professional graduate schools. A student may complete a major in any discipline at Holy Cross and fulfill all the requirements for admission to medical, dental and other health professional schools. Health professions is not a major, minor, or concentration and has no graduation requirements. A student should select a major which corresponds to his or her qualifications and interests and not assume that a science major gives any advantage to health professional school applicants.

Different health professional schools have different requirements; some like allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and dental school have largely identical requirements while the requirements of programs like those for veterinary medicine, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, pharmacy and others are not standardized. The requirements of these diverse programs are in the links above but can be explored in detail from the links to health professional associations listed under the Online Resources menu item on the left.

Most medical students nationally and at Holy Cross apply to medical school after graduation from college.  Students simply need the time to make this enormous decision and amass the record that will result in a successful application. Holy Cross offers lifetime advising and application support for all of its students and alumni.

A health professions advisor will be happy help a student develop a plan to meet requirements for the various health professions graduate schools, e.g., medical school, veterinary school, nursing school, etc. All students (and alumni) are encouraged to speak to the Health Professions Advisor or Associate Advisor for advice in gaining entrance to a graduate health professional school. Appointments are made by contacting the Health Professions Office.

For students seeking Holy Cross committee support for their application, please click on the committee link for more information and follow the instructions for application to different health professional schools

A note for international students

Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for a non-permanent U.S. resident to gain entry into a U.S. medical school.  The AAMC reports that there were about 48,000 applicants to allopathic medical school in 2013 and 20,055 matriculated (42%).  Only 130 of the 20,055 who matriculated (0.6%) had a legal residency outside the U.S.  Overall, only about 10% of international applicants gained acceptance to a U.S. medical school.

These barriers are the product of three basic facts.  First, international students are ineligible for federal financial aid and so those requiring aid must rely on a medical school's internal resources, and very few schools can afford this.  The few medical schools that accept international students usually require students place in escrow 1-4 years of tuition and fees before starting medical school.  In addition, since medical training involves working in clinics (often in the first month of medical school), work visas may be required, and they are difficult to obtain.  Finally, with so many U.S. applicants and so few medical school and residency spots, foreign residents are at a serious disadvantage.

Andrew Futterman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Health Professions Advisor

Miles Cahill, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Associate Health Professions Advisor

Please note: The Premedical and Predental Programs (Premed) Committee was renamed the Health Professions Advising Committee in 2009.

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